Sunday, October 31, 2010

On foot

We walked, along the beach and in town.

And then we went for supper with some lovely friendly Cape Cod-ians we met in Starbucks.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

We're wandering, not lost

Today we took a drive...headed for Trader Joe's, my favourite grocery store, where we got some staples for the week ahead.

But more importantly, we went for a long drive exploring, 
seeing cranberry fields, 
houses big and small,
and lots of beach and ocean. 

It was a little chilly today, so B did some photographing on the beach while E and I hung out in the car.

All Who Wander Are Not Lost

The GPS:
Yesterday we picked up our car first thing and immediately hooked up the GPS (thanks E&B!) so we could figure out where we are going. B's more of an intuitive driver, so he had it all figured out in his head where we were going and the GPS more just confirmed what he already knew. However, we were really glad for the GPS because it told us what towns were coming us the flexibility to wander around the countryside rather than going to straight to where we originally were headed. And when we saw that we were nearing the town of Plymouth, we decided that to heck with our destination, we wanted to go there.

But wait, also on the map was something marked "Plymouth Lighthouse" so we decided to get there too. So we drove through Duxbury and ended up at a beautiful peninsular beach where we stopped for a nursing session and a long walk along the beach. The sand was wonderfully soft...I just had to do some barefoot wave chasing.

Well, actually, Plimoth. We read in our guidebook to New England about a historical reconstructed Pilgrim village, so we punched it into the GPS and went there. The village is set in 1627 and the staff there wear clothing of the era, talk like they're from the 17th century and "work" around the village all day. They were re-building one of the houses while we were there, as you can see from the picture. We really enjoyed learning how the Pilgrims lived. Oh, and M, they had a 17th century kiln where they make all the dishes the "Pilgrims" eat out of. I almost bought some...

We punched in restaurants into the GPS and came up with a little place called Benchwarmers Sub Shop. It really seemed like a place where all the locals ate...we got some funny "stranger in town" looks when we walked in. But the food was delicious. E even got some steamed broccoli to munch on.  B is going to join Yelp just so he can give this place a good review!

We got to our condo at five. It's located just off the ocean...we can see waves crashing from our balcony window. It was raining a little bit when we arrived and a beautiful big rainbow appeared over the north east. Lovely.

We accidentally took E to a fancy Italian restaurant. The sign said "family cooking"...but when we went in and asked about high chairs we got a lot of funny looks. However, E was on her very best behaviour, and once again charmed the entire staff of the restaurant, all of whom stopped by to chat (with her, not us). The candles, cloth napkins, and pricey menu (why we didn't figure this out before went in, I don't know) were a lovely atmosphere, and E enjoyed herself greatly...until I tried to put her coat on to go. The other patrons in the restaurant also seemed to get a kick out of this tiny person peeking over the table, chewing on a napkin. Oh yes, and the food was good too. :D

Six Months

Hard to believe we've been parents for six months.
That our little girl has been hanging out with us for half a year already.
But so it is!
Our world has been so incredibly changed...
and we wake up every morning excited to share the things of the day with her.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Some First Images...

We're here safe and sound and tired. 
E was a trooper during the flights, holding out even during a really turbulent bit coming into Boston.  She charmed everyone...flight attendants, customs officers, security checkpoint people.
Fall is definitely not over here...lots of beautiful leaves and a high of 24 today 
(but it's now supposed to cool off substantially).
After dumping our stuff at the hotel
we took the subway downtown, walked around a bit, and bought supper from some street vendors
Our first impression of Bostonians/Massachusettians (Massuachusites?) is decidedly favourable...
everyone is friendly (it helps that E wins them over).
And we got chills upon first encountering the downtown much brick and cobblestone
Right up our alley.
Our lovely soft king size bed.
The view below the hotel
Quincy Market (and a random guy stretching)
Photographing the photographer
E and Daddy watching the freeway and airport out our suite window

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Boston in the Fall

It seems like we always have a song to accompany our traveling adventures. For instance, for Denmark and for England.

And oh yes, we have one for this trip too!

Though it is a rather silly song.

A Silly Song with Larry, to be precise:

Friday, October 22, 2010


E is approaching the six month mark and is VERY interested in eating grown-up food.

So we've given her some things to try, including  
broccoli (loved it!), watermelon (squishy), pears (her favourite), cantaloupe (stains clothes...).

And, yesterday, bananas.

Reaction from the daughter was as follows:

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Murmel Murmel Murmel

Robert Munsch is one of my favourite children's authors.
I love how random his books can be. 
Like Jonathan Cleaned Up and Then He Heard A Sound (Or Blackberry Jam Station)
Munsch is also a great story-teller in person. I've seen him twice live, while I was in college. :D 
His BEST books are the one illustrated by Michael Martchenko.

Murmel Murmel Murmel is one of my favourites of the Munsch/Martchenko collection.

Especially because of this illustration:
"Murmel Murmel Murmel" said the baby.
"Did you say Murmel Murmel Murmel?" asked the truck driver.
"Yes!!" said the baby.
"I need you!" yelled the truck driver
He picked up the baby and started walking down the street.

I'm pretty excited about the fact that B and I get to share all kinds of great books with our little girl.

Friday, October 15, 2010


An 800+ page doozy...I learned lots about the history of London, though!

London: The NovelLondon: The Novel by Edward Rutherfurd

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

An interesting premise for a novel, geography rather than character-based. But I like character-based novels. I kept wanting to know the WHOLE story of the characters, not just a snippet of their lives.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010